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Explore Our Journalism World on Maryland Day

Maryland Day Promo Graphic for Merrill College.

Originally published Feb. 11, 2016
Updated April 12, 2016

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland Day is just around the corner. With more than 425 free events throughout campus on Saturday, April 30, there’s always something to do during the family-friendly open house. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

As always, the Philip Merrill College of Journalism will be offering a number of exciting events for visitors, including an alumni reception, tours, a great Shirley Povich Sports Center panel, practice your anchor skills at UMTV and meet Dean Dalglish at our Mall tent.

You can get the latest information and plan your day on the Maryland Day website.

April 29

Merrill College is opening the doors of Knight Hall to celebrate 25 years of CNS! Come and mingle with fellow CNSers, enjoy heavy hord’oeuvres and wine, view student presentations from current CNSers, and see what’s new with the Capital News Service. Please RSVP to these events by April 25th to Kayla Newton at knewton@umd.edu or 301-405-6251.  6:30 p.m. -8 p.m. in Knight Hall.


Merrill College Maryland Day Events

Explore the Possibilities of a Journalism Degree

10 a.m. to 11 a.m.      1208 Knight Hall (Eaton Theater)

Gather information about our journalism major and hear from current students. College representatives and a student panel will answer questions about undergraduate programs.

The Past, Present and Future of Sports Media

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.    1208 Knight Hall (Eaton Theater)

The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism hosts a panel of experts to discuss the complex and changing world of sports media. Panelists (so far!) include:

Jimmy Roberts ’79, NBC Sports, The Golf Channel
Evan Parker ’05, Senior Executive, NASCAR
John Smallwood ’87, Columnist Philadelphia Daily News
Zainab Mudallal ’15, News and Fitness Editor Washington Post Express
Paul Monusky ’01, NFL Films producer
Chloe Pavlech ’16, Maryland Women’s Basketball

Merrill College Alumni Reception

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.        Roberts Room (3203) – Knight Hall

Come reconnect as we welcome back our journalism alumni to Knight Hall. Meet Dean Dalglish and your favorite professors. Please RSVP to these events by April 25th to Kayla Newton at knewton@umd.edu or 301-405-6251


11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Every hour from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Merrill College students will be offering tours of Knight Hall and UMTV. Learn about the graduate and undergraduate study of journalism.

Life in the Anchor Chair

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.   UMTV – Tawes Hall (Basement)

Ever wonder what it’s like to deliver the nightly news? Come have an interactive experience in the anchor’s chair in the Eaton Broadcast Center at UMTV.

Mobile Coverage of Maryland Day

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.     McKeldin Mall

For the fifth year in a row, Merrill College’s senior mobile journalist in Professor Ron Yaros’ Mobile Journalism class and “returning professionals” in the college’s multi-platform certificate program will fan out across campus to cover Maryland Day. Using their mobile devices, they’ll be filing a wide range of reports from McKeldin Mall to the Maryland Farm and Xfinity Center. You might even get to be interviewed! Follow along online – reports will be filed throughout the day at go.umd.edu/mobilemaryland.

The World of Journalism                

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.     

Mall Tent

Learn about undergraduate and graduate Journalism majors at the University of Maryland. Come meet Merrill College Dean Lucy Dalglish from 11 AM to Noon. Student groups will be at the tent all day to answer questions about their experiences.


Merrill College Unanimously Recommended for Reaccreditation

Knight Hall Atrium

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism was unanimously recommended for reaccreditation Saturday in Chicago by a committee of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.

The college has a “truly impressive four, five and six-year graduation rate, an outstanding office of student services and robust internship program with intensive supervision,” said Doug Anderson, dean emeritus of the Penn State College of Communications and head of the four-member site team that visited the college in February. “There wasn’t much not to like.”

Anderson’s report to the committee praised the college for its small classes that provide one-on-one interaction with teachers as well as the opportunities students have to publish their work while enrolled. He said the college’s assessment plans for both the undergraduate and master’s programs “could be considered models” for how to evaluate student progress.

The committee voted 14-0 to recommend reaccreditation. The recommendation will be considered by the full accrediting council in May.

The site team evaluated a 300-page “self study” prepared by the college that summarized its programs, curriculum, facilities, faculty and resources, followed by a four-day inspection of the college.

“We are delighted that the accrediting committee concluded that Merrill College provides an outstanding education for the journalists of tomorrow,” said Merrill College Dean Lucy Dalglish. “The site team had several terrific suggestions for improvement, and we look forward to implementing them over the next six years until the next accreditation visit.”

Merrill College Raises Nearly $20,000 During Giving Day 2016

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The initial results are in and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism raised almost $20,000 in donations to help our students and programs March 3 during Giving Day 2016. Merrill also won an additional $500 during the hourly contests for “most creative Giving Day photo” – a picture (right) of faculty and staff holding Diamondback newspapers and other publications. The photo was also shot as a video thanking donors for supporting Merrill College and an animated gif created by lecturer Josh Davidsburg.

The number of gifts and dollar raised placed Merrill College in the top ten among 24 other participating schools/colleges and university programs. The numbers are remarkable given that the journalism school is one of the smallest units on campus. That accomplishment translated into an additional $2,925 in funds.  Grand total for the day was $19,656!

“This money will be used for scholarships and programs that enhance the student experience,” said Dean Lucy Dalglish in her message to journalism alumni. “I would like to invite you to join us on campus for Maryland Day on April 30th to see first-hand what your generosity is supporting.”

Overall, the University of Maryland raised nearly $380,000 dollars during the 27 hour event. That helped break a record for most gifts in a single day.

Merrill College held its own against the bigger schools and colleges:

* Merrill College came in 7th overall with 134 gifts or 7% of the total raised;
* Merrill College came in 6th overall with dollars raised – $16,431.00 or 6% of the total dollars raised;
* Merrill College won one of the hourly prize competitions for $500.00

There were four different categories donors could give to on the Merrill College giving site:

* Deans Fund
* Penny Bender Fuchs Fund
* Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism
* Capital News Service

Emily Schweich’16 wins Adele’s Circle of Women Scholarship

Emily Schweich'16

By Amanda Eisenberg’16

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Emily Schweich’16 received a $250 scholarship from Adele’s Circle of Women, an organization that links University of Maryland alumnae with women leaders on the campus. The scholarship was presented at Adele’s Circle’s annual HerStory event Wednesday night (March 2, 2016), which featured two keynote speakers and conversation over dinner at Stamp Student Union.

Schweich’s essay in her scholarship application described how she wants to be a leader for other women in the news industry.

“I found it valuable to meet other involved women on campus and to hear from alumnae about their experiences navigating the workforce as women,” Schweich said. “So often I think women feel insecure or alone in pursuit of their goals, but this was an affirming and encouraging experience. I hope to get involved with the organization after graduation so I can pay it forward and serve as a mentor to young women on campus.”

Merrill College Videos Support Giving Day

Merrill College staff jump for joy to support Giving Day 2016. Photo by Jon Sham.

Merrill College staff jump for joy to support Giving Day 2016. Photo by Jon Sham.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Giving Day 2016 is upon us and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism needs everyone’s help to support scholarships, academic programs and campus initiatives for our students.  Donate until 3 a.m. March 4: go.umd.edu/gdjou

In a letter to alumni and friends of Merrill College, Dean Lucy Dalglish wrote, “We are in awe of the amazing amount of support we have already received today – thank you!”

The four areas specifically set for funding by Merrill College includes:

  • Capstones/News Bureaus and Gift Fund
  • Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism
  • Deans Fund
  • Penny Bender Fuchs Scholarship Fund

The 27 hour giving campaign features a number of challenge grants: including most faculty/staff gifts and alumni gifts. There was also one for best faculty/staff photo like the one on the right.

Merrill College Dean Lucy Dalglish and Associate Dean Rafael Lorente really got into the act with a great promotional video:

There was also a student contest – won by Stephen Barber:


Merrill College students took part with short videos thanking donors for their support – like Kimberly Escobar, Alex Kirshner and Michael Errigo.


And of course Merrill College faculty and staff got involved – * Award Winner – $500.00:

Animated Gif for Giving Day.

Thanks to everyone for supporting the Philip Merrill College of Journalism!